I am asking this question to avoid hunting during the period when these rodents have dependent young. Thank you.
Reproductive timing is variable according to species and also varies by region and elevation. Most species breed soon after emerging from hibernation. Populations occurring at low-elevation may give birth as early as March and have dependent young through May. At higher elevation, breeding may not begin until May or June, and young may be dependent on mothers through the summer months. Also, please note that some ground squirrels are protected, and shooting in some areas may be prohibited. Please contact the IDFG regional office where to plan to hunt for more detailed information.